KARATE expert and one-arm wrestling champion, Kay Mathias, was found guilty of breaching a restraining order which prevents her harassing the family of a police officer.
Mathias, who works in a factory and is a part time carer for her elderly mother who is blind, was given the order in November 12 to stop her entering a village on the outskirts of Stroud for the next two years.
The 39-year-old was found guilty of breaching the restraining order against the family of a police officer who cannot be named, at Gloucester Crown Court today by a jury in just 45 minutes.
Defending solicitor, Mr Leo Goately said: “This is a geographical breach of a restraining order and I would suggest that that makes it less serious.”
He asked that Mathias’ good behaviour over the past year be noted.
During the trial, police officers said they saw the 39-year-old driving her silver Citroen C5 just before midnight on December 30 last year.
Prosecutor Chris Smyth told the jury at Gloucester Crown Court: “There is no dispute that at the time she was driving the vehicle.
“She suggests it was a vehicle identical in colour, model and make that came from the road. She said she had not gone to the road.
“The order said she is not to contact the family that reside there. They are the parents of a police officer who lives out of the area. It is to prevent further contact that amounts to harassment.”
PCs Matthew Miles and Dominic McVeigh both told the jury they saw the Citroen come out of the restricted area and followed it.
The court heard they pursued it down a cul-de-sac, where it was allowed to be, and saw it turn around.
It was then that both the officers noticed Mathias, of Everside Close, Cam, was the driver. But the court heard that by the time they turned around they had lost her vehicle.
Mathias told the jury she believed the police had confused her vehicle with another one on the roads that night.
After the jury found her guilty, a few of Mathias’ previous convictions were noted, dating back to 2007, where she was found in possession of an offensive weapon, and other incidents included being drunk and disorderly and jumping in front of a police car.
In March 2011, she pleaded guilty to stepping in front of a patrol car on the Ebley bypass in Stroud on and shining a torch at the two officers inside.
Sentencing her to pay a £250 and £500 in costs within six months, Judge Hart said: “Had the police officers been thirty seconds down the road they would not have seen you.
“For the last year you have not got into further trouble which is encouraging.”
Mr Hart thanked the jury for their efforts and noted that as far as he knew they had been the only jury to sit in court on Christmas Eve this year in England.